I have attached a photo of my thyroidectomy scar. It formed a keloid (I believe from intense irritation after radioactive iodine). I had some injections and now the texture is awful, although it is finally flat. I have recieved multiple IPL laser treatments. I am now considering scar revision or additional laser treatments (Fraxel?). What do you recommend and how can I see improvement on this? By the way this is a 14-15 month old scar and still very red. I am 30 years old and depressed over this
Scar Revision or Laser? Nebraska and Iowa?
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Neck scars can be improved with vascular laser
A vascular laser works best for this type of scar. Surgery may increase your chance of recurrence. Surgery90210. I have treated many of these with a combination laser, IIT, and surgical reexcision.
Laser treatment for red scar
Pulsed dye laser treatment would likely reduce the redness of the scar. Multiple treatment sessions are typically needed for best results. Non-ablative fractional laser treatment such as Fraxel would also be expected to provide some benefit. I would start with pulsed dye laser given the red color.